Professor Aleksandra Cavoski

Professor Aleksandra Cavoski

Birmingham Law School
Professor of Environmental Law
College Director of Global Engagement

Contact details

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Aleksandra Cavoski’s research interests are in the field of environmental law and EU law, including certain aspects of public international law. Her research agenda is inter-disciplinary and explores the intersection of law and other disciplines, in particular politics, science, public policy and language. Aleksandra is the College of Arts and Law Director of Global Engagement. She is also one of the legislation and policy editors of Environmental Law Review.

Aleksandra Cavoski is also a part of the Birmingham Plastics Network, an interdisciplinary team of more than 40 academics working together to shape the fate and sustainable future of plastics.  This unique team brings together chemists, environmental scientists, engineers, philosophers, linguists, economists, artists, writers, lawyers, and experts in many other fields, to holistically address the global plastics problem.


  • LLB - University of Belgrade, School of Law
  • MSC European Studies - London School of Economics
  • PhD in Law - University of Belgrade, School of Law


Aleksandra Cavoski joined the Birmingham Law School in September 2012. Previously she was Professor at Union University School of Law in Belgrade, Serbia and a Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia and at the Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade. She has worked in the Ministry of Justice in Serbia and as a consultant for the World Bank, European Commission and the OSCE.


  • LLB Environmental Law
  • LLB Legal Foundations of the European Union
  • LLB Land Law
  • LLM Environment and Energy Law
  • LLM Law and Language

Postgraduate supervision

Aleksandra Cavoski is happy to supervise postgraduate research students interested in environmental and EU law. Aleksandra also welcomes proposals on the intersection between law and science and law and language, especially in the field of environmental law.

Potential students are invited to contact Dr Cavoski via email to discuss their research proposals prior to submitting official applications.

Current PhD students
• Yunxiang Shi - The effectiveness of Chinese policies on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the context of WTO legal system
• Indria Wahyuni - Impacts of the Decentralisation on Oil and Gas Mining Activities in Indonesia
• Ryan Dean - Hydraulic fracturing, environmental harm and public health
• Menes Muzan - Rethinking Differential Treatment in International Environmental Law and its Implications on the Legal Framework for Combating Desertification in Nigeria
• Love Alfred – Making the case for the Local Content use for Renewable Energy Development in Developing Countries
• Edward Clay - Understanding Translation as a Propagating Factor in Contact-Induced Language Change through Diachronic Corpora of English, French and Italian Texts on the Subject of Migration Produced by the European Union Institutions

Find out more - our PhD Law  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


Dr Cavoski's principal research interests are in the field of environmental law and EU law, including certain aspects of public international law. Her research agenda is inter-disciplinary and explores the intersection of law and other disciplines, in particular politics, science, public policy and language. She is also particularly interested in how law is affected by the social context in which it is formulated and implemented.


Recent publications


Kingston, S, Heyveart, V & Cavoski, A 2017, European Environmental Law. Cambridge University Press.



Robinson, C, Portier, CJ, Cavoski, A, Mesnage, R, Roger, A, Clausing, P, Whaley, P, Muilerman, H & Lyssimachou, A 2020, 'Achieving a high level of protection from pesticides in Europe: problems with the current risk assessment procedure and solutions', European Journal of Risk Regulation, pp. 1-31.

Cavoski, A 2020, 'REFIT of the SEA Directive', Environmental Law Review, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 108-118.

Cavoski, A 2020, 'Science and law in environmental law and policy: the case of the European Commission', Transnational Environmental Law, vol. 9, no. 2, pp. 263-295.

Cavoski, A 2018, 'Legal language and EU integration: The case of Western Balkans', International Journal of Language & Law, vol. 7, pp. 70-96.

Cavoski, A 2017, 'Interaction of law and language in the EU: Challenges of Translating in Multilingual Environment', Jostrans, no. 27, pp. 58-74. <>

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Cavoski, A 2020, Transnational environmental regulation and evolving approaches to compliance. in V Heyvaert & L-A Duvic-Paoli (eds), Research handbook on transnational environmental law . 1st edn, Research handbooks in environmental law, Edward Elgar, pp. 104. <>

Commissioned report

Acton, J, Anderson, P, Andres, L, Angus, M, Amor, P, Arrowsmith, J (ed.), Asmelash, H, Bartington, S (ed.), Bengtsson, F, Bhullar, L, Bloss, W, Bonet, B, Börner, S, O Bonsu, N, Bryson, JR, Burns, V, Burrows, A, Calvert, C, Cassidy, N, Cavoski, A, Chadyiwa, M, Chapman, H, Chapman, L, Cockram, M, Degendardt, L, Dickinson, D, Ding, Y, Dobrzynski, D, Dolo, M, Dora, J, Ercolani, M, Ersoy, A, Farag, H, Ferranti, E, Fisher, R, Freer, M, Goldmann, N, Goode, CE, Greenham, S, Gulati, S, Hadfield-Hill, S, Harper, G, Hegerl, G, Hillmansen, S, Holmes, J, Huang, JJ, Huser, C, Jackson, R, Jaroszweski, D, Jefferson, I, Johnson, J, Kaewunruen, S, Kelly-Akinnuoye, F, Kettles, G, Kraftl, P, Krause, S, Leckebusch, GC, Lee, R, Lockwood, B (ed.), Lohse, J, Luna Diez, E, Lynch, I (ed.), MacKenzie, R, Maddison, D, Makepeace, J, Mann, V, Marino, R, Mavronicola, N, McDonald, M, McGowan, K (ed.), Metje, N, Ng, K, Nicol, J, O'Sullivan, C, Phalkey, N, Prestwood, E, Pyatt, N, Quinn, A, Radcliffe, J (ed.), Ravi, M, Reardon, L, Reeder, T, O’Regan, P, Remedios, L, Roberts, J, Rogers, C, Rungskunroch, P, van Schaik, W, Swan, J (ed.), Thomson, I, Toft, H (ed.), Tong, J, Botello Villagrana, F, Walton, A, Wason, C (ed.), Weir, C, Wood, R & Zhong, J 2021, Addressing the climate challenge. University of Birmingham.

Other contribution

Lee, R & Cavoski, A 2021, Climate change governance and environmental justice. University of Birmingham. <>

Cavoski, A 2019, UK Agriculture and Brexit. University of Birmingham. <>

Pesticide Action Network Europe 2018, Ensuring a higher level of protection from pesticides in Europe: the problems with current pesticide risk assessment procedures in the EU – and proposed solutions. Citizens for Science in Pesticide Regulation. <>

Review article

Cavoski, A 2020, 'The implications and impact of Brexit', Pravni Zapisi , vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 437-452. / pravzap0-23840

Cavoski, A 2019, 'EU environmental compliance assurance', Environmental Law Review, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 111-118.

Cavoski, A 2019, 'Potential risks for an electric vehicle future', e-law, no. 111, pp. 26-28. <>

View all publications in research portal


  • EU Accession Countries (Wester Balkans) with regard to environmental law and policy
  • Environmental Law 
  • EU Law 
  • Law and language with particular focus on multilingual translation in the EU
  • The intersection of law and other disciplines, in particular politics, science, public policy and language in the area of environmental law